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Herbert John HEPENSTALL

Regimental number4692
Place of birthStansbury South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressMortdale PO, Mortdale, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, C Hepenstall, Stansbury, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
Enlistment date31 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 13 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack on ANVIL WOOD, near PERONNE, on 31st August 1918 an enemy machine gun post was causing casualties to the company. Lance Corporal PASSLOW with Privates MANSBRIDGE and HEPENSTALL moved to the flank of their company and rushed the post, killing the garrison and capturing the gun. They held the position until ordered to withdraw. Their dash and courage materially towards the success of the operation and saved casualties to the rest of the party.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Date of death23 January 1946
Place of burialRookwood Cemetery

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